Instructors

With experience in all music genres, we can teach both kids and adults to play the type of music that speaks to them. At Real Brave, our goal is to give the beautiful gift of music to anyone who seeks it through our unique lessons at our studio, in our PracticePad software and in our concert series.

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The Best Music Teachers ANYWHERE

At Real Brave We Are People First, Musicians Second.

For every instrument, we have experienced and talented musicians who us the Real Brave method to pass down their knowledge to anyone who is seeking instruction. We believe that having a talented, relatable person who happens to be an amazing musician is the key to success!

If you’re looking for the best place in town for music lessons for yourself or your children, there is no better place than Real Brave Audio. Our shop consists of dozens of talented instructors that all specialize in their respective instruments. With decades of experience playing music, our teachers have the knowledge and expertise it takes to teach people how to play music in a way that is easy and fun. The instructors here have dedicated their lives to music and live to share the incredible experiences that come with playing an instrument. With experience in all music genres, we can teach both kids and adults to play the type of music that speaks to them. At Real Brave Audio, our goal is to give the beautiful gift of music to anyone who seeks it. Though learning an instrument is a great challenge, we have developed teaching techniques that make it easy for beginners to start feeling comfortable with their instrument of choice. Whether you’re looking for a skilled, classical piano teacher or a funky jazz saxophone teacher, we have all the musical talent you’ll need for success as a music student.

Everyone has a voice, but sometimes we need help finding it. At Real Brave, we provide singing lessons for students of all ages and ability. Whether you are looking for simple singing exercises or comprehensive vocal training, Real Brave can help make sure that you realize your voice’s full potential to sing and speak out. With our in-house learning software PracticePad™, you can record warm ups, session time and hear your progress!

Experienced and esteemed instructors

Every music teacher at Real Brave Audio has dedicated his or her life to learning and playing music. With a burning passion for music, most of our instructors have been pursuing music since grade school. For decades, the instructors here have been committing their time and focus on mastering instruments, giving them the ability to play and teach music at the highest levels. Many of our music teachers are award-winning musicians and are part of national orchestras or Jazz groups. With collegiate educations as teachers and music majors, the music in both our Queens, Manhattan location and Oakland, NJ location have the most refined techniques for learning and mastering their instruments. From fundamental practice tips to high energy personal lessons, Real Brave Audio has everything it takes to help you or your children take on an instrument.

Specialized instructors for every instrument

For every instrument, we have experienced and talented musicians who are prepared to pass down their knowledge to anyone who is seeking instruction. As it is important to learn from someone who truly understands the instrument, we have a full team of specially trained and dedicated music teachers. Whether you’re looking for a classical piano teacher or a rockin’ drum teacher, we have the experts you need for a smooth learning experience. If you’re looking to sign up for lessons in your area, we offer instruction in both Queens, Manhattan, and Oakland, NJ. Below, you’ll find links to our instructors’ pages in their respective locations.

Find your music teacher in Manhattan, NY

You want the best? We’ve got it. If you are looking for the most incredible instructors ever to hit the face of the earth then look no further. Want your child to be an uber rock star in the community? Your daughter got the tappin’ but the singing needs to sing? Got a potential drummer, flutist, saxophonist, guitarist and pianist? Want the best service and the best place for your family. Come to Real Brave and we guarantee you’ll love it or we will give you a hug.

 

 

Zachary Thomas
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vocals, Ukulele
Zach is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn.  He is 33 years of age.
Playing with ensembles since age 11, Zachary has been formally recognized as a professional musician for 12 years and running…
He has a decade of combined experience as a music educator, both in formal classroom and less formal “one-to-one” settings.
Being signed to a major subsidiary of Sony Entertainment throughout his twenties, he was formerly sponsored by Pearl drums, Silver Fox drumsticks and Soultone cymbals during busy times in his performance career.  His work has been licensed and featured on networks such as MTV, ESPN, Oxygen, and TRU TV.
He has played over 500 shows, sharing national stages such as Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater, B.B. King’s, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, National Harbor and the Viper Room with acts such as Three Doors Down, Eve 6, Third Eye Blind, Ryan Cabrera and Fastball…to name a few.
Over the past few years, Zach has realized that his true passion lies in educating people in music – how to play, how to appreciate, how to discuss, and how to stay inspired!  He believes this aspect of the craft is the most essential, because educating and informing future generations perpetuate the ancient and sacred arts of composing and performing.
Zach says he’s grateful to have connected with the Real Brave family —
He is a big advocate of Practice Pad (Real Brave’s signature program that allows teachers to track the progress of students for the purpose of being referred to and accessed by parents, students and teachers).  More importantly to Zachary, however, is his enthusiastic belief in what Real Brave stands for: Student-centered learning that is meant to be fun, educational, and confidence building.
Also, it “rocks and rolls”…a school after his own heart!
Regina Fierro

Regina Fierro is a New York City-based singer and pianist hailing from Queens, NY. She began her musical training at age 6 after begging her parents for piano lessons and hasn’t stopped since! As a teenager she studied at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s High School Singers Intensive and she has recently graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from New York University. She has performed in operas, musicals, concerts, and new works in the NYC area (NYU, Anina Art Events, Make Music NY), regionally (Winter Harbor Music Festival), and internationally (Villa La Pietra, FAVA Young Artist Program).

Regina is passionate about music education and accessibility for students of all ages. Outside of private lessons, she has extensive experience teaching choir, music theory, and early childhood music training. At NYU, she served as the president of the Classical Voice Collective, an independent chamber opera company dedicated to producing operas and concerts with primarily female casts and creative teams – an effort towards equity in the arts. As an educator, Regina encourages students to embrace the music that inspires them while also fostering thoughtful, efficient technique in order to reach their personal musical goals. She is excited to join the Real Brave team!
Jerod Kaszynski

Brass, Woodwind, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums

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Joshua Lombardi

Drums, Guitar, Piano

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Terrence Ma

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums

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Find your music teacher in Queens, NY

Starting their music careers early in grade school, most of our teachers in Queens have been playing for decades. With professional and collegiate music experience, the teachers here provide lessons for vocals, piano, woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, and more. Get to know our instructors and navigate the link above to our Queens instructor page.

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Kathie Mai

Kathie Mai

Piano, Violin

Kathie has been playing the violin since she was 5 years and has never stopped playing ever since. She held her very first violin recital when she was just 11 years old! She thengot to to play with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO), CYCNY Youth Orchestra (紐約幼獅管弦樂團) and CPSM string camp at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. She started teaching in 2007 by coaching her orchestra peers.

With all this experience she then attended pre-college at Carnegie Mellon for violin studies. She later graduated the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors for Music Performance and now she currently plays with Litha Symphony Orchestra.

For her students in Queens NY, she wants them to have fun and memorable moments in their very own musical journey just as she did. She is looking forward to provide guidance to every student at their own pace. She believes if her students have the passion for music nothing is impossible.

Marc Seldin

Marc Seldin

Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano

Marc began playing the Clarinet when he was in the 5th grade and he knew immediately that Music Education would later be his goal in life. He later moved on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music for Art and Performing Arts. This is where he had exceptional teachers and unique learning experiences. This included the opportunity to perform on Baritone Saxophone with the Senior Jazz Band in the “Essential Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center. The band won first place in this nationwide competition, as well as best Saxophone Section.

Later, obtained a Bachelors in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. His past music experiences have inspired him to conduct concert band ensembles. Since August 2015, he has served as the Director of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department Band in Westchester County, Manhattan.

For his students at the Queens NY location, Marc draws on his own personal experiences as an Conductor, Educator and Student alike. His goal is to create lessons that are geared toward the individual needs of all of his students. Not only will they learn skill and technique in a fun way but, they will also develop into a true musician which can serve them throughout their entire lives.

Jonathan Archer, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave
Jonathan Archer
Jonathan Archer, a Guitar instructor at Real Brave

Jonathan Archer

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Violin

Jonathan Archer is a Queens, NY native with a deep love and passion for music. He is studying Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and began playing the violin at age 2 1/2.

He also plays the guitar, Hammond organ, bass, and piano. Jonathan firmly believes that music has the ability to teach transferable life skills and is honored to be a part of the Real Brave staff.

Beth May Seldin

Beth May Seldin

Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Recorder, Trumpet, Violin

Beth May began playing recorder in the 3rd grade. It was a magical experience and inspired her to audition for her first recorder ensemble in the 6th grade. This gave her the confidence to audition for beginner band in the 7th grade where she began to learn the flute, her first band instrument. Since then, she has had many wonderful experiences and instructors which have helped to decide to pursue a professional career in Music Education.

Beth May later moved on to receive a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. She is a NYS Certified Music Teacher (K-12) — Certified in Orff Levels 1 & 2 — Music Together Training. She has taught in both public and private school systems as a music teacher, as well as an instructor for many years.

Her approach to teaching comes from her background and experiences as a public and private Music Educator as well the Real Brave method & Practice Pad. Based on these experiences, she has learned to tailor lessons to the individual needs of all of her students. She is always eager to come up with new, creative and fun strategies to get the most out of each of her students.

Stefano Di Lorenzo, a guitar instructor at Real Brave
Stefano Di Lorenzo
Stefano Di Lorenzo, a guitar instructor at Real Brave

Stefano Di Lorenzo

Drums, Guitar, Piano

Stefano started his musical studies almost twenty years ago in his native country, Italy. After moving to the US, Stefano graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelors of Music and Summa Cum Laude. He has been performing in a wide variety of genres ranging from classical music to rock and jazz. Along with his performance experience, Stefano has been teaching since he was a high school student in Italy over a decade ago.

As a musician and an instructor, Stefano promotes a healthy approach to the instrument by teaching techniques based on proper use of physics and natural body motion. He tries to incorporate theory and ear training into lessons and believes in learning and performing pieces as a complete experience, which is both fulfilling and educational for the student.

At the Queens NY location, Stefano enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students and is committed to accompanying and supporting them every step of the way in their learning process using Practice Pad and the Real Brave Method.

Eddie Lyon

Eddie Lyon

Cello, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Viola

Eddie began playing violin at the age of 6. Loving the instrument and music, he continued to play all through middle school and high school, playing in small chamber groups and orchestras as well as a soloist. He later attended Adelphi University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. He learned piano and guitar while in college. Currently, Eddie is studying Music Education as a Graduate Student at Hofstra University.

While keeping a comfortable, relaxed and fun classroom at the Queens NY location, Eddie pushes his students to their full potential and shows them what they are capable of. Teaching how to practice and different ways to practice at home really makes a difference. Theory is infused in with the learning of the instrument so a wholesome knowledge is learned as well as the use of Real Brave’s Practice Pad and method.

Javier Roldan

Javier Roldan

Guitar, Drums

Javier began his musical journey as a self taught guitarist. It wasn’t until his enrollment into Molloy College that he discovered the world of classical music. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in classical guitar and has an exceptional amount knowledge in Music Theory.

Javier believes in the importance of developing a good technical foundation with your instrument by teaching efficient and effective practice methods. He also focuses on the concept that music can be used as a tool for artistic and emotional expression.

Javier is happy to be a part of the Real Brave team in Queens and believes that every individual at any age and skill level can play beautiful, expressive music.

Dann Jose Cabredo

Dann Jose Cabredo

Drums, Guitar

Dann Jose Cabredo a.k.a. ‘DJ’ is most known for his boisterous personality and his eagerness to teach students in a fun and attentive manner. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from Queens College, he is well accustomed to teaching all manner of students, whether they be older or younger.

Having spent a decade working for Real Brave, he holds a closeness to all staff and students treating them similar to family. DJ’s students will tell you that he is fun, attentive and direct resulting in a honest enjoyable class experience which will leave you wanting to learn more. Especially with PracticePad and the Real Brave method employed.

Inessa Banayan

Inessa Banayan

Piano, Vocals

Inessa began studying piano at the age of 7. She attended a specialized children’s music school where she realized that it would become her future career. By the age of 18, she graduated from the Vzshno-Sakhalinsk College of Music with a degree in Piano and Music Theory. A native of Kazakhstan, she earned her B.A. with Honors from the National Conservatory of Kazakhstan, specializing in vocal performance. She was offered a prestigious position as a soprano soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Company of Kazakhstan.

Inessa has performed in major opera roles in many former Soviet nations and France. She sang lead in various productions, including Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Eugeni Onegin, Dido and Aneas, Paghliacci, and many others. She completed her M.A. at SUNY Binghamton in 2000. Some operas Inessa has performed in include Don Giovanni, Carmen, Faust, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa C-moll. She became a member of the Manhattan City Opera in 2004 and performs in choirs throughout the city. She is currently a piano and vocal instructor right here at Real Brave in Queens NY.

Andrew Gyselings

Andrew Gyselings

Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Andrew has been teaching music for six years. His skills cover a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. And his musical tastes are even broader.

His approach to teaching is to get students playing songs that they want to learn, all while learning and building a foundation of the music theory and technique behind them. He makes each lesson fun and engaging for all students and always illustrates the lessons being taught by playing real songs along with the student.

As a singer/songwriter, he strives to empower each student with the knowledge to compose their own musical works at the Queens NY location.

Sam Cheong

Sam Cheong

Drums, Guitar

Sam first started music as a child and since then, it has taken over all aspects of his life. After picking up and playing his first instrument, listening to, playing, writing, and talking about music has been his main obsession. Now he performs with numerous groups live and continues to compose and produce songs.

As a self-taught musician, Sam tries to teach his students in a fun and simple way while trying to show them the feeling of self-esteem that comes with achieving their goals through hard work. Using Real Brave’s method and PracticePad really helps the student go further.

Kristen Cheung

Kristen Cheung

Piano, Violin

Kristen is a Queens, NY native and started learning the piano over 15 years ago. She participated in NYSSMA and ABRSM and later became involved in Orchestra and Jazz Bands in high school. Her interests include Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz music. As a student of the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College, she is studying Pre-Health.

As an instructor, she wants to guide her students into experiencing music as a language to express themselves. She also encourages her students to develop their own style and play the music that they want to play! Having been a student at Real Brave before she knows the systems and methods that make Real Brave special.

Languages: Cantonese

Don Albert

Don Albert

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano

Don Albert studied music at Queens College and has been teaching guitar, bass, trumpet, performance and composition for over 30 years. He also teaches test prep and essay writing to high school and college students. Don is an intregal part of Real Brave’s PracticePad developement and implementation.

Jimmy Bou, JR. is a drums instructors at Real Brave 
Jimmy Bou, Jr.
Jimmy Bou, JR. is a drums instructors at Real Brave 

Jimmy Bou, Jr.

Drums

Jimmy is a self-taught drummer and vocalist. With his contagious laugh and positive energy he inspires his students to approach learning the drum set with passion and excitement. Using Real Brave’s PracticePad in his drum classes, he is truly able to capture key moments which shape young and successful musicians.

Dylan DeFeo

Dylan DeFeo

Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

Dylan is a self-taught keyboardist, started on the clarinet in the 4th grade, and learned the alto saxophone in the 7th grade. His passion for Jazz, Funk, Blues and Rock is exemplified on all of his instruments. As an alumnus of St. John’s University, he currently works as the Assistant Director of the St. John’s University Jazz Band. When not at Real Brave, he can be found playing with numerous bands in the New York City area.

After covering the basics, he focuses on his student’s favorite tunes. He works to develop their skills and help solidify new concepts with familiar melodies. Dylan believes that patience is a virtue and allows his students to learn at a comfortable pace while encouraging them in the right direction. “Playing music is fun and so should learning it.”

Dylan is passionate about teaching the history, theory and philosophy of improvised music. If you seek to improve your improv, Dylan’s the teacher for you!

Sam Yi, a Bass, Drums, Guitar instructor in Queens
Sam Yi
Sam Yi, a Bass, Drums, Guitar instructor in Queens

Sam Yi

Bass, Drums, Guitar

Sam is a self-taught musician and learned through books and videos online. He was inspired to be a teacher after he was became a praise leader in his church. During middle school and high school, he took music classes to hone his skills. In college, he declared minors in both Music Education and Music Theory to enhance his knowledge in both fields.

His goal as an instructor at the Queens location is to find his student’s joys within the instrumentation. While teaching the instrument, he also wants his students to grow their passion for the instrument and music in general. Slowly but surely, he builds his students into profound musicians through his know-how, the Real Brave method and PracticePad.

Mike Levine, a music teacher in Real Brave
Mike Levine
Mike Levine, a music teacher in Real Brave

Mike Levine

Front Desk

Michael Levine is currently completing his Master’s Degree in History at Queens College. He is an inhabitant of Fresh Meadows and he serves his community proudly by working at Real Brave. His goal is to make the experience of receiving music instruction as comfortable as possible by providing efficient and friendly assistance in scheduling your lessons.

In addition to being a skillful scheduler, he is a knowledgeable musician who is eager to learn what you’d like to accomplish from receiving music lessons at Real Brave, and even more eager to refer you to your ideal instructor.

Neophytos Ioannou, a music teacher in Real Brave
Neophytos Ioannou
Neophytos Ioannou, a music teacher in Real Brave

Neophytos Ioannou

Voice, Piano

Neo has been involved with the performing arts since he was three years old. Singing, dancing, and acting from very young, Neophytos made his debut in musicals at the age of six and performed as a soloist with his middle school orchestra. Shortly after this, the Queens native attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school, where he specialized in Vocal Music and Musical Theatre.

At Queens College, Neophytos attended the Aaron Copland School of Music, where he double majored in Vocal Performance and Romance Languages and received minors in Spanish, French, and Global Studies. Graduating with Summa Cum Laude Latin Honors, the singer has been extremely dedicated to specializing in Vocal Health, Foreign Language Diction, Musical Theatre, and Hispanic/Latin American music. As of Fall 2018, Neophytos has been continuing his vocal studies and is currently in graduate school for Classical Performance.

Some of Neophytos’ crowning achievements have been performing a few choral works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the LeFrak Concert Hall. As an instructor, Neophytos is very excited to be working at Real Brave and strongly believes in the fundamentals of vocal health, musical professionalism, versatility in musical genres, and musical expression.

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Sean Thompson
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Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson is a life-long resident of Queens and has been involved with music for most of
his life, beginning with violin lessons at the age of three, and piano lessons at the age of six.

Sean graduated from Adelphi University with a BS in Music Performance – Trombone and has
played with the Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band starting in 2009 as a
student and has continued playing with them since graduation. He has composed several
symphonies.
Sean began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school and has been involved in Music
Ministry in the Brooklyn Diocese, playing brass, guitar, and bass.

His work in Music Ministry includes working with choir members and giving
lessons in music theory, sight reading, guitar and keyboard. He is also proficient in music
technology and software.

Sean’s greatest enjoyment comes from sharing his love of music with others through teaching.
His approach to pedagogy emphasizes helping the student express himself/herself while
teaching fundamentals of theory and technique. He strives to give every student a strong
foundation on which to build a lifelong love and appreciation for music.

Sanchez Fernandes, a music teacher in Real Brave
Sanchez Fernandes
Sanchez Fernandes, a music teacher in Real Brave

Sanchez Fernandes

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Hi, I’m Sanchez. Born into a musical environment, my earliest memory is of me rocking out on a toy guitar. By third grade, I was taking part in singing contests on a local level. It wasn’t until ninth grade when I started to feel a pull towards music. I began teaching myself the guitar and immediately fell in love with it, emulating my heroes. By the age of 18 I was playing at reputable venues in Mumbai, performing original compositions while also being a sideman for other groups.

I attended an engineering school but instead, I found myself teaching group lessons between classes and that is how I realized my passion for teaching. I moved to Manhattan to further my music education and graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associates in Liberal Arts: Music Concentration. I will soon graduate from City College of Manhattan with a BM in Jazz Studies.

I like all genres of music and always try to make my performances enjoyable and exciting for my audience. I strive to maintain a similar environment with my students. I love the challenge of explaining musical concepts to my students, since every student is different and will resonate with music in a completely different way than another. At Real Brave I teach guitar, bass, and piano. I am thrilled to be part of this school and look forward to meeting you.

Monica Kang, a music teacher in Real Brave
Monica Kang
Monica Kang, a music teacher in Real Brave

Monica Kang

Violin, Piano

Monica Kang began playing violin at 7, and has continued studying music her entire life.  Her undergraduate work in physical education helped her understand mechanical movement at the heart of musical performance.  She earned a master’s degree in music in Seoul, and a Suzuki Teacher Certification for teaching violin at all levels. She has been teaching music for more than 10 years, participating in music camps for her students and conferences to improve teaching methods.  Many of Monica’s students have won awards in music competitions.

Monica’s goal is to teach music in an approachable, enjoyable way so that her student gain confidence in music, and in life.  She embraces the enthusiasm and friendly environment at Real Brave, where she is honored to be an instructor for violin and piano.

Carolina campero, a music teacher in Real Brave
Carolina Campero
Carolina campero, a music teacher in Real Brave

Carolina Campero

Piano, Vocals

Carolina has been singing since she was 5 years old, having her first performance debut at 7 years old at her middle school holiday show. Carolina graduated from Frank Sinatra School of Arts where she specialized in Voice and Musical Theatre. She was also involved in the Carnegie Musical Exchange while in school where she had the opportunity to write and perform a composition at Carnegie Hall. She has performed in various venues across NYC. Carolina was part of MasterVoices (formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale) for several years, traveling with them on scholarship in 2014 to Switzerland to the Verbier Music Festival to perform.Carolina currently attends the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she is majoring in Vocal Performance and French.

Some of her performance credits include Marianne in Tartuffe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Wendy in Peter Pan, Mary Lou in Cowgirls, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors and Diane in Sealed for Freshness.

Carolina is dedicated to helping her students develop a love and understanding of music, while passing along all of her fundamental knowledge in order to help them on their musical journey. She hopes all of her students get to experience the fun and power of music!

Tiffany Willingham

Violin and Piano

 

Tiffany Willingham grew up on Long Island. She studies at Queens College in Queens, NY where she now resides as a Drama and Early Childhood Education Major.

Tiffany also started playing violin at 7 years old and piano at 16. Music is her passion and she believes that teaching music and watching the individual grow as a person and a musician is the most rewarding thing in the world. She is excited and grateful to have the experience working at Real Brave.

Zachary Thomas
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vocals, Ukulele
Zach is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn.  He is 33 years of age.
Playing with ensembles since age 11, Zachary has been formally recognized as a professional musician for 12 years and running…
He has a decade of combined experience as a music educator, both in formal classroom and less formal “one-to-one” settings.
Being signed to a major subsidiary of Sony Entertainment throughout his twenties, he was formerly sponsored by Pearl drums, Silver Fox drumsticks and Soultone cymbals during busy times in his performance career.  His work has been licensed and featured on networks such as MTV, ESPN, Oxygen, and TRU TV.
He has played over 500 shows, sharing national stages such as Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater, B.B. King’s, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, National Harbor and the Viper Room with acts such as Three Doors Down, Eve 6, Third Eye Blind, Ryan Cabrera and Fastball…to name a few.
Over the past few years, Zach has realized that his true passion lies in educating people in music – how to play, how to appreciate, how to discuss, and how to stay inspired!  He believes this aspect of the craft is the most essential, because educating and informing future generations perpetuate the ancient and sacred arts of composing and performing.
Zach says he’s grateful to have connected with the Real Brave family —
He is a big advocate of Practice Pad (Real Brave’s signature program that allows teachers to track the progress of students for the purpose of being referred to and accessed by parents, students and teachers).  More importantly to Zachary, however, is his enthusiastic belief in what Real Brave stands for: Student-centered learning that is meant to be fun, educational, and confidence building.
Also, it “rocks and rolls”…a school after his own heart!
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Find your music teachers in Oakland, NJ

In Oakland, we have many multitalented musicians who have spent years of training to master their instruments. We offer lessons for drums, woodwinds, piano, guitar, vocals, and much more! Click on the link above to read about our incredibly talented teachers.

Amanda Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton

Piano, vocals

Amanda Hamilton holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education/Performance from William Paterson University as well as credits towards a Masters in Music Education. She has been a vocal music director in the Verona Public Schools for more than 20 years, mainly working with the middle school and high school levels.

She has taught in the summer music program, served as the musical director for many of the middle school musicals, directed the high school vocal ensembles, accompanied the elementary choirs, has had many students accepted into the North Jersey Region and All State Chorus, and has taught many piano and voice students. She is looking forward to working with students at Real Brave to achieve their musical goals.

Amy Jisun Ahn

Amy Jisun Ahn

Piano, vocals

Amy Jisun Ahn started studying piano at six and grew up singing in various church choirs. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in law and music theory, as well as two Master’s from Queens College and the Graduate Center in music composition. Her chamber and orchestral compositions have been performed by Cygnus, the InterComteporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Second Instrumental Group, among others.

She has performed in a variety of concerts, ensembles in musical venues in Manhattan as a classical, jazz, theatre, pop pianist and vocalist while working as a professional accompanist and arranger. She loves to perform in a variety of genres and to improvise with other instrumentalists in jam sessions.

She focuses on her students’ favorite music and helps them build their own repertoires so they can learn to freely express themselves with passion and joy. She regards her job as instructor to be a guide on the students’ own musical journey.

George Schaefer

George Schaefer

Drums

George grew up in Oakland and began studying drums at 10 years old, playing in the local circuit for a few years. He put the sticks down when life started cookin’, raising a family and developing a professional career in medical sales.

As the career progressed and the family grew, George realized that his love of music and playing never left him and it was time to rekindle his real passion. In addition to taking up intensive drum instruction which continues to this day, George shook off the rust at local blues and rock jams in the northern Jersey area.

Currently George holds the drum chair in 3 local bands, playing covers and originals throughout the metro area. He has shared the stage with Big Brother and the Holding Company, John Mayall, Michael Burks, Ian Matthews from Fairport Convention and Ray Manzarek from The Doors.

His mission as an instructor at Real Brave is to create a fun and relaxed teaching environment with students, stressing fundamentals and using musical examples, allowing them to develop the skills to play drums in any musical situation!!

Joey Hochgesang

Joey Hochgesang

Bass, guitar, violin, viola, cello, ukulele, piano (beginner)

A native of West Virginia, Joey left his home state to expand his career as a musician and educator. As a musician, Joey has performed in everything from large jazz bands, old time square dances, symphony orchestra, to soul bands.

Currently, he serves as the string director for Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck. He is excited to help his students expand their knowledge and fulfill their musical goals.

 

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Mary Hochgesang
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Mary Hochgesang

Piano, vocals
Kevin Bagar

Kevin Bagar

Guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, mandolin, saxophone, banjo

Kevin Bagar is a Bergen County native who has played music for his entire life. He holds an Associate’s degree in general music from Bergen Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from William Paterson University with plans to continue towards a Master’s in Arts and Teaching. Music has always been his first passion, with education as a close second.

Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist with years of experience teaching composing and performing in various styles including classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, latin, and bluegrass. While the guitar is his forte, he is also proficient on bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.

Having given private lessons since he was in high school, Kevin is excited to be a part of the Real Brave Audio team to help guide the next generation of musicians.

Terence Ma

Terence Ma

Piano, vocals, guitar

Terence started music lessons at an early age, with extensive training in both voice and classical piano. Despite a promising start to his musical career, he decided to settle into the financial sector in New York City. Eventually, he grew tired of the rat race, and set out on a soul-searching journey across the country– often traveling by foot.

After temporary stints as a farmhand and a cob mason, he finally returned to the stage, and soon after found his calling in teaching. Through the years, he has done classical performances in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall, and took to more contemporary stages at NYC such as the Bitter End, the Mercury Lounge, and the Duplex.

As an instructor, Terence believes in a rounded approach that encourages students to find their own voice while offering technical advice to help along the way. He loves to see new students coming for lessons, and strives to give them the confidence and voice to unlock their true potential.

When not teaching, Terence enjoys listening to Motown while chowing down on a slice of pizza… or six.

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Guitar, violin, viola, piano (beginner)
Alex De Lazzari

Alex De Lazzari

Saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute
Shane Consalvo

Shane Consalvo

Piano, guitar, ukulele

Shane started playing the piano in high school, and soon joined a local band. From basement and backyard shows in the North Jersey area, he quickly passed on to recording and performing at venues such as the Bitter End, the Stone Pony, Union Transfer, and Gramercy Theater.

Shane is currently pursuing a degree in Sound Engineering from William Patterson University, with hopes of starting his own recording studio.

As an instructor, he lets students create their own musical path, preferring to allow practice and discipline to develop naturally by nurturing their specific interests.

 

 

Vicky Warn

Vicky Warn

guitar, ukulele, bass (beginner)

 

Nicholas Sagnella

Nicholas Sagnella

Guitar, piano, ukulele, bass

Currently finishing his degree in Jazz Studies and William Paterson, Nicholas is a highly versatile musician who grew up with a love for music passed on by his family. As a child, his father would play guitar around the house, and exposed him to genres from classic rock to jazz fusion. After first picking up the guitar at age 12, he began to immerse himself in as many musical projects as possible.

He has participated in jazz bands, musical theater productions, and pop/rock groups in the local area. He has recorded extensively and performed throughout the New York/New Jersey region, playing at iconic venues such as the Bitter End in Manhattan, the Stanhope House, and the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

Having taught privately for years, Nicholas firmly believes in incorporating his student’s interests and passions into lessons, drawing from the versatility of the instruments he plays. With patience and support, he believes any student can achieve great goals no matter their musical passion, their age, or their learning style.

Loussana Tok

Loussana Tok

Piano, voice

Loussana is excited to join Real Brave and welcome new students! Having lived and studied around the world, she has extensive classical training in both piano and voice, but is eager to help students learn whatever they are passionate about.

She received an Associate’s Degree in Music with a focus in voice from North-Caucasus State Institute of Arts (Russia), and a Bachelor’s Degree in piano playing and teaching from The Music Faculty of Al Baath university (Syria).

Loussana is Fluent in English, Russian, and Arabic.

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